Category Things I love

Vaux le Vicomte

The weather in Paris this weekend could not have been better.  Warm, sunny, glorious.  Perfect for visiting one of the more notable French chateaux:  Vaux le Vicomte. If you’re a garden/architecture/art nerd like myself, then you’ll know that Vaux le Vicomte was built in the mid-1600s by a guy named Fouquet who was the finance […]

I’m in Paris!

There are definitely worse things in the world than having to come to Paris to meet with business clients and train a new lawyer… and then eat dinner in a glamorous restaurant in the banks of the Seine (complete with a lemon tarte — that’s for you, Dibber!)

Window boxes!

From some very young age (maybe 8 or 9?) when I first saw my mother’s photo albums from her time as a student in Germany, I have wanted to (1) live in Europe, and (2) have flower boxes in my windows. This has been an elusive goal.  I’ve done parts of it — this is […]

A Victorian fruit bowl

What did Oscar Wilde say about being able to resist anything except temptation? I went back to the little shop off Camden Passage where I found my milk jug.  I was supposed to be on my way to the garden center, but then it was raining and I thought, well, I could either go back […]

The weather’s getting nice

Springtime finally got to London! The past few days have been absolutely gorgeous. There’s something about warm air, late light, and green living things that makes the heart glad. And even if you mostly see it from inside the office, at least the window are large and the views of the sunset unmatched.

My Saturday in pictures

Started with brunch in South Kensington with a friend from my mission who I haven’t seen in ages, but who is also American and also expatting in London.  No pics of brunch, but it was fun to catch up.  In many ways we’re still the 20-year-olds we were in Brussels; but in other ways those […]

Nighttime in Brussels

Back in Brussels for a night. Meetings start in the morning and then I’m on the train back to London — so I took tonight for a lovely walk around the old town center. The amazing Grand Place, the cathedral where I went contacting–jet lagged–on the first day of my mission, the little pita shop […]